from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long, loose-fitting African garment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flowing wide-sleeved robe worn by men in much of West Africa, and to a lesser extent in North Africa.
  • n. Any of various passerine birds of the genus Laniarius.


French, from Malinke bubu.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The experience of wearing the boubou is another story all its own.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Resplendent in a purple-and-white loose-fitting gown known as a boubou, the young woman now weighs 68 kilos (150 pounds) compared to only 45 kilos when she started the treatments.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Wednesday in the small Senegalese village of Dal Diam, where he was given a traditional robe known as a boubou to wear, as if to justify the nickname the daily Le Soleil had given him that morning: "Clinton the African."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Women and children danced in streets and teenage boys climbed roofs and trees to get a glimpse of Beye, dressed in the full-length flowing cotton "boubou" common in his native Mali.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Me: Hey Ibrahim, can I do bat wings with your boubou??!!

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • The men are decked out in their best boubous, complete with the gondora, a huge sail of fabric they loop over their shoulders on top of the boubou.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • The Ethiopian boubou was formerly classified into a species complex as a subspecies along with five other birds that look very similar, but most of which are apparently are not that closely related.

    Mystery bird: Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus

  • Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus aethiopicus, also known as the boubou shrike, tropical boubou or the bell shrike, photographed at the Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa.

    Mystery bird: Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus

  • Response: This is an adult Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus, a member of the bushshrike family, Malaconotidae.

    Mystery bird: Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus

  • The Ethiopian boubou was recently split from these five taxa into its own species it's likely that at least two more of its sister subspecies will soon be elevated to full species status based on DNA work.

    Mystery bird: Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus


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